USBands National Championship Competition

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Manhasset High School Marching Band performs its Star Wars show at the USBands Group 1A national championship show in Dover, Delaware on Nov. 8, featuring drum major Jeffrey Chin conducting.
Manhasset High School Marching Band performs its Star Wars show at the USBands Group 1A national championship show in Dover, Delaware on Nov. 8, featuring drum major Jeffrey Chin conducting.

The Manhasset High School marching band, led by drum majors and seniors Jeffrey Chin and Michelle Marcisak, achieved its season high score of 91.45 at the USBands A Class National Championship Competition in Dover, Delaware, on Sunday, Nov. 8. Capping the season that included winning the Group 1A State Championship in October, the 33 students in the band and color guard brought perfection to their Star Wars show in their biggest event of the season. Even Darth Vader made a cameo appearance in this competition.

The marching band season began in August with a week-long training camp before school started and dozens of hours of rehearsals since the start of school. The band hosted five other schools’ bands at the fifth annual Invitational competition at Manhasset Hight School in early October and traveled to four other competitions in New Jersey this fall before heading to Dover, DE, for their final championship competition. The band was directed by Randy Knudsen, assistant band directors Hector Minaya, David Van Boxel and guard instructor Sandra Baskin.

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Elizabeth Johnson is former editor of Manhasset Press and Manhasset Press Magazine. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations. Curious by nature, her travels, community service, love of the arts as well as local sports give her the inside view to unique content. During her time at Anton, she has received several awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of LI, including the coveted "Best Community Newspaper" several years in a row.

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